According to FAA regulations, students seeking designated Certificates and Ratings are required to take an FAA written knowledge exam. These knowledge exams will demonstrate the student's level of competency in a multitude of aviation subjects. The FAA has delegated the testing services to an outside contractor known as CATS (Computer Assisted Testing Service). Under the guidelines of the FAA, knowledge exams may only be given through certified testing centers. American Winds is an approved testing center. The knowledge exams will range in both allotted time and question lengths.
We have provided a list of the tests that we administer. Click on any link below to receive information about each test.
|Aviation Exams||Exam Fee|
|Private & Recreational Pilot →||$150|
|Sport Pilot →||$150|
|Instrument Rating →||$150|
|Commercial Pilot & Military Competence →||$150|
|Flight & Ground Instructor →||$150|
|ATP Aircraft Dispatcher & Flight Navigator →||$150|
|Flight Engineer →||$150|
|Aviation Maintenance Technician, Airframe, General & Powerplant →||$150|
|Inspection Authorization →||$150|
|Parachute Rigger →||$150|
|Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone →||$150|
|Non-Aviation Exams||Exam Fee|
|National Exercise Trainers Association - Group Exercise Instructor||$30|
|National Exercise Trainers Association - Personal Trainer Certification||$90|
|Radiant Panel Association - Designer||$90|
|Radiant Panel Association - Installer||$150|
For all exams, you will be required to provide a valid and current ID that must include your photo, date of birth, signature and physical, residential address. Please click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID for U.S. citizens, alien residents and non-U.S. citizens, as well as specific authorizations required for aviation-related exams.
Please note, you will not be able to bring any personal writing instruments, portable phones, electronic planners or any type of device with text or video recording capabilities into the testing room during test administration.
All CATS tests are available six days a week by appointment only during the following hours: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday and the following holidays:
- New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day & the day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
To schedule your exam, please call CATS at 800-704-1487, Site Code: 44301.